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Forty years ago, the people of Southwestern Indiana imagined a University that would offer affordable higher education, prepare the workforce, contribute to economic development, and enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the region. Their vision became the University of Southern Indiana, serving with distinction from 1965-2005 and continuing to shape the future.

1965 - 1975 | 1976 - 1985 | 1986 - 1995 | 1996 - 2005



USI accepts gift of property from Mid-America Student Housing, Inc., for apartments adjacent to campus

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools awards 10-year accreditation for graduate and undergraduate programs

Historic Southern Indiana (HSI), a heritage and tourism initiative, is established

470 students graduate in first Commencement of new University of Southern Indiana

1987  USI hosts national NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship

Theatre Department assumes management of The New Harmony Theatre

Conferral of first master’s degree (Master of Science in Industrial Management)

Presidential Scholarship program begins

HSI received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant of $275,000; created Ohio River Scenic Byway and Indiana’s Historic Pathways


USI produces Young Abe Lincoln outdoor musical drama at Lincoln State Park

USI Foundation assets top $2 million

RopeWalk Writers Retreat established

1990 Robert D. Orr Center opens
1991 Fourth straight GLVC championship for men’s soccer

First baccalaureate degrees in nursing conferred

University names Library to honor founding President David L. Rice

Baseball team advances to NCAA Division II tournament


Approval received for Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Teaching (elementary education program)

Baseball team advances to NCAA Division II tournament


USI receives first $1 million gift from Nick and Jo Carter

Rice Plaza is created to honor David and Betty Rice’s 27 years of service as the University’s “First Family”

Ribbon cut on Lloyd Expressway overpass leading into campus

SIHE transfers ownership of $15 million student apartments to USI

Health Professions Center opens

First distance education courses available

Men’s basketball team finishes second in NCAA Division II National Tournament;

USI Athletics wins NCAA Division II All-Sports Award;

Baseball team advances to NCAA Division II tournament


Dr. H. Ray Hoops inaugurated as USI’s second president

Men’s basketball team wins NCAA Division II championship

Women’s basketball captures second place in NCAA Division II National Tournament

USI Fitness Center opens in University Shopping Center

University Core Curriculum ensures that students graduate with a sense of ethical responsibility, a sense of where they come from, and a sense of the world as a whole

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